Monthly Archives: September 2019

Off the Shelf: Week 4 (Sept. 29-Oct. 5) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out Week 3 here.

WEEK FOUR

Hello and welcome to week four of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week three was an opportunity to reflect on God’s presence, promises, power, liberation, and sacrifice through the lens of the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the covenant at Mt. Sinai. This week, let’s take a look at the books of Joshua, 1 Samuel, and 2 Samuel. These books begin with God giving his people the promised land and end with a closer look at the people who God chose to lead his people. 

DAY 1  |  We ended last week’s reading by looking at Israel’s betrayal through the worship of the Golden Calf.  Unfortunately, this was the first of many times Israel would rebel against God. In Numbers Chapters 13 and 14, we read that God instructed Moses to send twelve men to explore the promised land.  Of the twelve, only two, Joshua and Caleb, believed that God would successfully deliver them to the promised land.  The other ten men convinced the Israelites that God was incapable of holding to his promise.  As a result, God condemned them to wander through the desert for 40 years, one year for each day the men explored the promised land. This amount of time also meant that all adults who did not believe God would die before entering the promised land.  Only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to live. As we enter the book of Joshua today, the 40 years have ended, Moses has died, and Joshua has been installed as the nation’s leader.  The Israelite people are finally ready to cross the Jordan River into the promised land.  Today read Joshua Chapters 1 and 2

DAY 2 |  In Chapters 1 and 2, God used Rahab to help protect the spies that Joshua sent. In Chapters 3 and 4, we will read about God delivering his people to the promised land in a remarkably similar fashion to the way he delivered them from Egypt 40 years earlier. Today read Chapters Joshua 3-4

DAY 3 |  The remainder of the book of Joshua chronicles Israel’s conquest of the promised land.  During the remaining chapters, they conquer the people living in the land, divide the land amongst the tribes, and renew their covenant with God.  In the book that follows, called “Judges,” God sets up leaders called Judges over his people.  In our culture, a judge is someone who functions in the legal system, but these Judges were the spiritual and moral leaders of the people who were to guide them toward godly living. One of the final Judges was a man named Samuel.  Today we read about the beginning of Samuel’s life and God calling him as a leader and prophet. Read 1 Samuel Chapters 1-3.  

DAY 4 |  While Samuel was faithful to God, his children were not.  Today we read about the peoples’ response to Samuel’s children.  What follows is a significant moment in Israel’s history.  Today, read 1 Samuel Chapters 8-10.

DAY 5|  God never intended for his people to have a King.  He wanted to be their King, but as we saw in Chapter 8, God gave them what they wanted.  Often the things we want are not as good for us as we think they will be.  The same was true for Israel and their Kings.  Saul had some good moments as Israel’s King, but he was not faithful to God, and eventually, God rejected him as King.  Today we are going to read about David, the second King God appointed. Today, read 2 Samuel Chapters 5 & 6.

Thank you for joining us this week. Join the conversation at Off the Shelf Facebook Group!


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 3 (Sept. 22-28) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out Week 2 here.

WEEK THREE

Hello and welcome to week three of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week two was an opportunity to reflect on Creation, sin, and the beginning of God’s plan for redemption. This week, let’s take a look at the book of Exodus. While the book of Exodus focuses on the story of Moses, it also reveals God’s presence, promises, power, liberation, and sacrifice. Keep those things in mind as you read this week. 

DAY 1  |  As we enter the book of Exodus, the Israelites have grown significantly in number. However, Joseph and his brothers have died. A new King in Egypt, who knew nothing of Joseph, has come to power and forced the Israelites into slavery. In the midst of this setting, the first two chapters of Exodus introduce us to Moses and God establishing his relationship with Moses. Today, read Exodus Chapters 2 & 3.

DAY 2  |  Between Chapter 3 and Chapter 12, God uses Moses to free the Israelites from oppression in Egypt. God does this in the form of 10 plagues. Chapters 12-14 capture the tenth plague, and God’s deliverance of his people from Egypt. Today, read Exodus Chapters 12 – 14

DAY 3  |  In Chapters 15 – 17, we see the beginning of Israel’s journey across the wilderness to Mount Sinai, where they would receive God’s covenant. These chapters highlight God’s provision and instruction for his people. Today, read Exodus 15:22-17:16.  

DAY 4  |  Today we read about God’s covenant with his people. Chapters 19 and 20 capture the people at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. Today, read Exodus Chapters 19 & 20.

DAY 5  |  Chapters 21-31 of Exodus contain the remainder of God’s covenant with his people and instructions about how his people are to worship him. If you have the opportunity, take the time to read these chapters this week. For today’s reading, we will focus on Chapter 32 of Exodus. This chapter captures one of the saddest moments in Israel’s history. After watching God bring them out of Egypt, provide for them, and show up powerfully on Mount Sinai, they betray him in a moment of panic. Today, read Exodus 32

Thank you for joining us this week. Please feel free to share thoughts and reflections from your reading on our Off the Shelf Facebook Group.

 


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 2 (Sept. 15-21) | Bible Reading Plan

Off the Shelf

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out Week 1 here. The readings are short so you’ll be able to catch up quickly.

WEEK TWO

Hello and welcome to week two of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. We hope week one was an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Scripture and what it means for your life today. This week, let’s take a look at the beginning of the bible. Days 1 & 2, we will read about the beauty of Creation, and the devastation sin brought into Creation — including its effects on humanity’s relationship with God. Days 3-5, we will read about the individuals God began to work through to re-establish his connection with us.

DAY 1 | The first two chapters of Genesis capture two complementary accounts of Creation. The first account is a 30,000-foot view of the beginning of life and time. The second is a much closer look at God’s Creation of people and his connection to them. Read Genesis 1-2 and reflect on both accounts.

DAY 2 | Chapter 3 of Genesis continues the Creation story by describing how sin came into the world and changed everything, including our relationship with God. Read Genesis 3 today and reflect on the effects of sin that still impact us today.

DAY 3 | Today we fast forward to Genesis 12. Chapters 4-11 of Genesis contain the accounts of Adam’s family, Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel. When we arrive at Chapter 12, we see God intersecting with a man named Abram. God’s relationship with Abram was the first step in his redemptive plan for his relationship with all people, including us. Today read:

DAY 4 | God’s relationship with people continued through Abraham’s descendants. Today we look at Abraham’s grandsons, Jacob and Esau. Read the following to get a snapshot of Jacob and Esau’s stories:

DAY 5 | Today we look at the account of Jacob’s family, and particularly his son Joseph. Read the following to get a snapshot of Joseph’s life:

Thank you for joining us this week. Please feel free to share thoughts and reflections from your reading on our Off the Shelf Facebook Group.

 


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
Also, If you are looking for a challenge, it’s not too late to jump into the Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 1 (Sept. 8-14) | Bible Reading Plan

Off the Shelf

Hello and welcome to the “Off the Shelf” bible reading plan. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, we invite you (and your friends, family, and neighbors) to commit to just 90 days to take both your bible and your spiritual health “Off the Shelf.” One of the best ways to take this seriously is to study God’s Word on your own. To help with that, we invite you to join us over the next 13 weeks in one of two reading plans below.
 

THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, this plan is for you. This plan is designed to walk you through the bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

 

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK
We created this plan to capture the highlights of Scripture over the next 90 days.  While this plan will not cover everything, it will give you a holistic perspective on the story of the bible and what that means for your life today. The plan begins below. We will update this plan each week so check back weekly.

 

WEEK ONE

We recognize there are three approaches to the bible:

  • It’s just another book.
  • It’s an important book.
  • It’s the most important book.

Whether you are studying the bible for the first time or have studied it for years, it is important to remember what those who wrote the bible thought of it. So, this week we begin our reading plan by looking at verses from the bible about the bible.

This week’s readings are a little shorter to help you develop a rhythm of reading 5 days a week for the next 13 weeks. As you read each of the passages below, take time to think about what they mean. We recommend jotting down your observations and questions as you read through.

DAY 1 | JOSHUA 1:7-9

DAY 2 | PSALM 119:105 and PSALM 119: 160

DAY 3 | MATTHEW 4:1-4

DAY 4 | MATTHEW 5:17-19

DAY 5 | 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17

For more resources, visit our OFF THE SHELF webpage. If you don’t have a bible, download the YouVersion bible app here.

 

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